Do you Google?
I am not talking about just the best search engine there is, I want to talk about all the other things that google offers but you probably have not taken the opportunity to check out.
If you don’t have a Gmail account, get one… if you need an invite just leave a comment or e-mail me. If you cannot figure out what my gmail account is, maybe you don’t deserve the free account kidding. Gmail is the e-mail service that got all others to not only step up their storage space but also their interfaces. It is an excellent tool because it lets you search your e-mails like no one had done before. It makes it very simple to organize your e-mails and my complainst have all been taken care of as development has moved forward.
Once you have gotten into Gmail and moved all your contacts from everywhere else (it is easy), then you can start enjoying their web enabled, no fuss chat program. Google talk rocks. It interfaces with your e-mail and makes it a lot easier to communicate. They also offer a fat client that is pretty good. But wait, if you have trillian or gaim don’t despair, you can still use the google chat.
You would think that it would stop there right? No… you don’t use outlook already to keep your calendar… you have never used one. Enter Google Calendar. An excellent web calendar that even lets you make things public so that others can see when you are busy or not. A calendar can really help keep things straight for you and having it online makes it accessible from any machine… better yet, you can export your outlook right into the Google calendar!
And there is more, a lot more. Are you a blogger? Or a news junkie or have an RSS addiction? If you don’t know what an RSS is, then we need to send you to internet rehab for sure… but before you download any other RSS reader, use the Google RSS Reader and be amazed at how well it works.
Are you a Mac User that switched to PC for whatever ungodly reason? You miss iPhoto? Do you have tons of pictures in your computer but no way to really organize them? Do you have a need for a little picture touch-up but Photoshop scares you? Then download Picasa and feel right at home.
Don’t have an antivirus right now? Getting more adds than your finger can click off? Then download the Google Pack and get 6 months free or Norton as well as ad aware, on top of that you get Picasa too all in one neat package!
Lost? In need of directions? then Google Maps can save you. I have not seen a more accurate one in quite some time… I was an avid mapquest user but google maps really rocks. I still have not even gone to their free sms services, google earth and many other things that make google great… so go and get Googled, it is even a dictionary word now! Happy Googling and what’s best its FREE!